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Clinton: ‘I’ll be surprised’ if Obama not re-elected

Former US president Bill Clinton said Thursday that he expects to see fellow Democrat Barack Obama re-elected to the White House in 2012. “I’ll be surprised if he’s not re-elected,” Clinton told ABC News. “I’ve always thought he would be.” Clinton, who led the country from 1993 to 2001, was the last Democratic president…

750,000 Britons strike over austerity proposals

British public workers Thursday marked a day of protest as over 750,000 went on strike in opposition to austerity measures that would raise the retirement age, increase pension contributions and cut retirement payouts. Reports noted that over 300 schools were shut down by the strike, along with passport offices along…

TSA says NY-LA flight stowaway cleared security

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A man charged with stowing away on a flight from New York to Los Angeles last Friday cleared airport security screening, the Transportation Security Administration confirmed on Thursday. “Every passenger that passes through security checkpoints is subject to many layers of security including thorough physical screening at…

Complaint alleges police tasered, beat mentally handicapped Ohio teen

Jesse Kersey, a 17-year-old mentally handicapped boy, was riding his bicycle near his home in Dayton, Ohio last Saturday when officer Willie Hooper pulled him over to talk. A civil complaint filed in Dayton County this week alleges that Hooper then became confused by the boy’s speech impediment and began…

Beck on Republicans: ‘I hate them’

In an interview with GBTV head correspondent Raj Nair on the streets of New York Friday, Glenn Beck explained that he despises Republicans as much as Democrats. “Ask the average person, am I Republican?” asked Beck. “I hate them… I don’t know how to say — I hate them.” Beck…

Scholar cautions Dems on constitutional argument against debt limit

Constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley spoke to Current TV’s liberal host Keith Olbermann last night and revealed that top Democrats had approached him for advice on the argument that the country’s constitutional debt limit may actually be “unconstitutional.” Though Turley hedged his bets on a federal court siding with that argument,…

Skype introduces video calls on Android phones

LONDON (Reuters) – Skype, which is being bought by Microsoft for $8.5 billion, introduced a new service on Thursday allowing users of Android phones to make free video calls to Skype contacts, including those on Apple iPhones. The company whose name became synonymous with Internet calling in the mid-2000s said its updated Android app…

Congress begins action on Bush-era trade deals

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s controversial plan to win approval of free trade deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama faces its first test on Thursday as the Senate Finance Committee takes up the bills. Republicans typically supply most of the votes for free trade agreements, but at least…

Obama’s call for stimulus, tax hikes may complicate deficit talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama called on Wednesday for new steps to spur job growth and tax hikes on the rich, hardening a stance that will likely complicate deficit reduction talks with Republicans. Obama’s call came as the International Monetary Fund and the Treasury Department urged Washington to reach a budget deal that…

Survey ranks San Francisco ‘greenest city’ in North America

ASPEN, Colo. (Reuters) – San Francisco is the greenest city in North America, followed by Vancouver and New York, according to the latest survey of green-city rankings. The survey, commissioned by Siemens Corp and conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit, looked at 31 indicators, ranging from consumption of water and electricity to efficiency standards. Detroit was the least green…

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